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Latest business news about Estonia and the European Union.

Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan
The primary objective of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) initiative is to achieve an open and integrated regional electricity and gas market between EU countries in the Baltic Sea region, ending energy isolation. The initiative's members are the European Commission and Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, and Sweden. Norway participates as an observer.

Baltic states sign energy synchronisation agreement with EU
The heads of state or government of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland signed a roadmap Thursday for synchronising the Baltic States' electricity grid with the continental European network by 2025.

Synchronisation of Baltic States' electricity networks with the continental European network (CEN)
On 28 June, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signed, jointly with leaders of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland a political Roadmap for synchronising the Baltic States' electricity grid with continental Europe.

Preliminary results of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union
The Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU worked with a total of 377 drafts, including legislative initiatives, strategies and communications, Estonia also brought new topics to the agenda.

Tiny Estonia takes over EU presidency
Estonia's first EU presidency began on 1 July with a focus on an innovative European economy, safety and security, digital Europe and free movement of data, and an inclusive and sustainable Europe.

Priorities of the Estonian presidency of the European Council
The motto of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is 'Unity through balance'. "We believe that Europe has plenty of common ground to come together to successfully tackle all the challenges and make the most of all the possibilities that face us today. We must facilitate openness in both our economy and society, while also ensuring safety and security. Our role is to find a balance between the different views, traditions and interests in Europe today to achieve the best possible outcome for European citizens." The four priorities of the Estonian Presidency are:

EUR 28m package for Baltic Milk Producers
The European Commission on 18 November confirmed its intention to adopt a EUR 28m support package for milk producers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. This new package is the latest in a series adopted by the Commission in response to the Russian ban on the importation of certain EU agricultural products.

Establishing a company in Estonia
Legal form; How to register a private limited company; The process of establishing a company; Branch of Foreign Company; Notaries - all the information you need on how to set up a company in Estonia, from the Estonian Investment Agency

Estonia: country overview
Estonia, a member of the EU since 2004 and the euro zone since 2011, has a modern market-based economy and one of the higher per capita income levels in Central Europe and the Baltic region. Estonia's successive governments have pursued a free market, pro-business economic agenda and have wavered little in their commitment to pro-market reforms. The most important sectors of Estonia's economy in 2015 were wholesale and retail trade, transport, accommodation and food services (22.3 %), industry (20.4 %) and public administration, defence, education, human health and social work activities (15.5 %).

Doing business in Estonia: Sustainability
The bases for activity in the field of sustainable development of Estonia are established by the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia and the Sustainable Development Act.

Doing business in Estonia: Staff welfare
Laws in Estonia enforce equal treatment and non-discrimination in the workplace and define health and safety standards.

Doing business in Estonia: Environmental rules
In Estonia, the Environmental Charges Act provides the basis for the right to apply charges to businesses for the exploitation and pollution of natural resources.

Assessment of the changeover to the euro in Estonia
The Commission on 22 March 2011 adopted a Communication on the introduction of the euro in Estonia. It presents the most important aspects of the changeover to the single currency and draws some conclusions for future changeovers in other Member States. All available information confirms that the changeover in Estonia was well prepared and smoothly implemented and perceived as successful by a large majority of citizens. Pricing stability has also been a key element of the changeover with the 'Fair Pricing Agreement', whereby subscribers to the Agreement commit not to increase their prices without justification.

EU greenlights state aid for high speed internet in Estonia
The European Commission has authorised under the EU State aid rules Estonia's plans to support the establishment of a country wide high speed broadband infrastructure, the EstWin project.

Lepik & Luhaäär LAWIN
Lepik & Luhaäär LAWIN is one of the leading and largest full-service law firms in Estonia. The firm advises in all major fields of business law and is distinguished by extensive experience and professional services delivered.

Representation of the European Commission in Estonia
Contacts of the European Commission representation in Estonia.

Estonia: Economy Overview
Estonia, a 2004 European Union entrant, has a modern market-based economy and one of the highest per capita income levels in Central Europe and the Baltic region. Estonia's successive governments have pursued a free market, pro-business economic agenda and have wavered little in their commitment to pro-market reforms.

Estonia Investment Climate 2009
Since joining the EU in 2004, the Estonian government has sought to maintain liberal policies in order to attract investments that could produce exports. Foreign investors are treated on an equal footing with local investors.

Setting up a business in Estonia
An overview of the process of starting a new business in Estonia.

Access to finance
An overview of the sources of finance available to SMEs in Estonia.

Estonia and the euro
Estonia joined the European Union in 2004 and is currently preparing to adopt the euro.

Estonia country profile
Estonia, the most northerly of the Baltic states, regained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Estonia became a member of the European Union on 1 May 2004.

Doing Business in Estonia
Doing Business in Estonia - Columbus Travel

Estonian Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is to develop entrepreneurship in Estonia. The ECCI provides several business-related services – consultation (legal, foreign trade, EU-related), business match-making (trade missions, trade fair visits, presentations), information services (business contacts, co-operation proposals etc.), training and foreign trade documents.

Euro Info Centre Estonia
Estonian Euro Info Centre - the EIC network is active in 42 countries representing well over 1200 highly skilled people.